Dance Moms alum Abby Lee Miller may be heading to prison for one year and a day due to her fraud crimes, but that doesn’t mean she isn’t focused on what’s happening after she’s finally a free woman. The reality TV star has hinted that she has a scripted series in the works and that she wants to write a tell-all book during her time in the clink, but she recently sat down with Us Weekly to give more concrete examples of what life after prison will look like for her.
“I hope to come out and have a new TV show, a scripted show that I’ve created. And it’s kind of, you know, a teenage show where Dance Moms leaves off, what should happen next because I know what should happen next. I’m working on a new book right now. We’re working on a Broadway show, Dance Moms: The Musical.”
The reality star has stated that she hopes to use her time in prison wisely, and that one of her biggest fears is not being productive. She and her attorney have lobbied the court to allow her to serve her time near Los Angeles so that she can make sure to continue working. She hopes to have execs and producers come and visit her while she’s in the clink to help her maintain her productivity. However, she has stated that it’s unclear whether or not she can use a computer or any other kind of device to aid her in the writing of her new tell-all book.
The 50-year-old dance teacher has been making the rounds on various television and chat shows and doing interviews left and right before she has to self-report to prison. As she has to pay the government $160,000 for her crimes, some theorize that she will use the money she is earning for that. She is also likely attempting to create a cushion so that she has some assets for when she gets out of prison next year.
Abby Lee Miller was seen last week all about town in New York City, seeing a bevy of Broadway shows as she did interviews during the day. But the road to turning Dance Moms into a musical has been far from simple, especially because Lifetime still owns the rights to the show.
“But it’s a big fight with Lifetime because … they wanna do it, but they don’t know how to do it. That’s not what they do. So instead of turning it over to somebody that knows what they’re doing, they’ll just screw it up like they do everything,” she said.
The reality TV star has also said that she isn’t ready for her time in prison and is hoping that the experience doesn’t change her too much. She stated that her spirit has always been vivacious and she’s hoping that being in a penitentiary doesn’t make her stop speaking her mind.
She also revealed that she has no idea what to expect, and although she had someone hired to help her get prepared for the clink, she hasn’t helped much.
“And she told me to take money for toiletries. … I need to find out other things. Like, I wanna know, can I wear socks to bed? Because my feet cramp up and they freeze. Can I do this, do that? Am I going to be able to have a computer there? Am I allowed to have specific deodorant? I have normal questions that a normal person would ask. I’m not getting those answers.”
Still, it looks like prison isn’t going to slow Abby Lee Miller down.
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